Reading/Writing

Decoding Difficulties? Introduce The Diphthong Song

"A diphthong is a sound made by combining two vowels, specifically when it starts as one vowel sound and goes to another, like the oy sound in oil. Diphthong comes from the Greek word diphthongos...

Encourage Phonemic Awareness with the ABC Action Chant

Years ago, when my children were in their preschool and kindergarten years, we discovered that the ABC Action Chant is a multi-sensory way to teach young children letters and their corresponding sounds. Letters and sounds...

MultiSensory Learning: Orton-Gillingham Hears, Sees and Touches a Who!

Dr. Seuss may have written Horton Hears A Who!, but Orton-Gillingham wants us to not only hear, but also see and touch the who! Multisensory teaching uses more than one of the child's senses to...
Third Grade Reading Challenges

Third Grade: Reading Challenges Rear their Ugly Head

I have been a vision therapist for over two decades and have worked with hundreds of children in our vision therapy program. Recently, a parent asked, "What is the most common age of our...
Dysgraphia - Written Expression

Dysgraphia: A Struggle With Written Expression

In Part 1 of our series on Dysgraphia, Taking the Mystery Out of Dysgraphia, we took some time to explore its definition, causes, and symptoms. But while that information is important, it alone will...
Dysgraphia

Taking the Mystery Out of Dysgraphia

Do you know a child who loves school but hates to complete written assignments? Is there a student in your class who can tell you all about the last book he read but cannot...
accommodative insufficiency

Reading Challenges? When to Suspect Vision as a Culprit

I earned a degree in education and was an elementary school teacher before my current role as administrator and head therapist for The Vision Improvement and Sensory Learning Programs. I now look back and...
Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know

Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know – Survive the “Summer Slump”

The National Summer Learning Association is an organization that highlights the need for continuing academic support for kids during their summer “time-off.” "To succeed in school and life, children need ongoing opportunities to learn. This is...
Reading Challenges - Vision Therapy

Medical Student Hates to Read? Adult Perspective on Reading Challenges

On so many occasions, I am asked about what types of individuals enroll in vision therapy. Many assume that it is just school aged children, who must have some learning disability or decreased IQ...

NJ Gov. Chris Christie is Dyslexics’ Hero?

As of August 2013, the State of New Jersey has taken two giant steps forward in special education law thanks to its legislature and Governor Chris Christie. New Jersey’s special education regulations now officially...